SHE is one of Scotland’s most dedicated paramedics, whose quick thinking and medical experience helped to save the life of a critically ill three-year-old boy.
When Ann Watmore arrived at the scene of the urgent 999 call, she found little Lliam Kilgour desperately fighting for his life.
Lliam suffers from a rare condition known as congenital panhypopituitarism, as well as septo optic dysplasia, which both result in him having an adrenal insufficiency.
His pituitary gland has not formed properly and, as a result, his little body cannot produce the cortisone hormone, leaving him unable to deal with stress or trauma.
Any physical or emotional stress can cause him to have a dangerous hypoglycaemic attack and seizure.
Despite never coming across the condition before, Ann’s medical skills helped to stabilise Lliam – ultimately saving his life.
His mum Alison, from Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, explained: “We thought we were going to lose him. It is every parent’s worst nightmare, watching your child suffer like that.
“This was a really bad hypoglycaemic attack, brought on by the trauma of catching the chickenpox virus, and the outcome could have been fatal.
“The virus reacted badly with all of his usual medications, causing his blood sugar levels
to dangerously plummet.
“His condition is very rare, especially in children, and he was entering a state of hypoglycaemia, yet Ann seemed to know exactly what to do. If it wasn’t for her care and attention I just don’t think Lliam would be here today.”
Liam has special access to emergency vehicles..and not just toy ones
Ann’s caring nature meant that she also accompanied the family to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, where Lliam was rushed to the children’s ward to receive the urgent care and medical attention he required.
And incredibly, Ann did not stop there in her path of care for the youngster – she liaised with doctors and arranged to have Lliam’s emergency care plan set out on the database at Forth Valley Scottish Ambulance Station.
She also arranged to have Lliam set up on the system as a high-alert patient, ensuring that a rapid response vehicle will be deployed ahead of a main ambulance in any future emergency – not just in Forth Valley but across Scotland – providing the family with total peace of mind.
Paramedic Ann, 51, from Falkirk, said: “I’ve been involved in the health service for 34 years and in all my time I had never come across these combined conditions.
“My main priority was to stabilise Lliam and get him to hospital before he suffered a seizure or worse.
“I could tell straight away that he was in need of urgent medical attention. He was just lying there helpless when I arrived.
“Although his mum and dad had done what they could, I immediately administered medication that would raise his blood sugar levels to stop him taking a seizure, or even worse, slipping into a coma.
“I was just doing my job, but in a situation like that you’ve got to make the right decision under pressure.
“You don’t like to see anyone, let alone a little child, suffering.”
While Lliam was recovering in hospital, caring Ann was keen to learn more about his condition and spent time with Alison taking notes and researching online.
“I just wanted to educate myself a bit more,” explained Ann.
“There are so many syndromes out there that it is impossible to know about each and every one, but helping Lliam made me want to know a bit more about why trauma causes a dip in his blood sugar levels.
“I felt it was my duty of care to follow it through.”
Lliam was diagnosed with the rare medical conditions in March this year after suffering health problems from birth. He was treated for seizures and meningitis before doctors finally discovered the true cause of his continued ill health.
Liam Kilgower and mum Alison
Alison, 34, said: “As a baby he was quite sickly, and a mother’s intuition knows when something is not quite right. My husband David and I were both really worried, and he was constantly in and out of hospital.
“He underwent a lot of tests before finally getting a correct diagnosis earlier this year. His condition is incurable and he is on a steroid- replacement therapy plan.
“Doctors have told us that he will have to take medication for the rest of his life.”
Despite his life-threatening condition, Alison is determined to try to keep life as normal as possible for Lliam, who has been doing well since the serious health scare on June 27 this year.
She added: “We try to keep him away from trauma and stressful situations but we also want him to lead as normal a life as possible.
“He is coping very well but his condition can be life-threatening and he needs to be given treatment urgently if he takes ill.
“Just knowing he is on a rapid response emergency call-out list gives me so much peace of mind. If anything happens at nursery the staff know to call 999 straight away.
“That is all thanks to Ann.”
It’s hugs and kisses all round thanks to Ann
And to say thank you to the inspirational paramedic, Alison has nominated Ann for the Unsung Hero Award at the Health Awards, sponsored by the Daily Record.
Ann said: “It is huge a privilege to be put forward for such a fantastic award. I was only doing my job.
“I’m delighted that he is doing so well and only too happy to help where possible.”
The Scottish Health Awards will take place on November 8 at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
To nominate an unsung hero or for more information log on to www.scottishhealthawards.com
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